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Winesburg, Ohio Teaching Unit
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- Imagine that you have discovered a time capsule buried by one of the residents from Winesburg, Ohio, almost one-hundred years ago. Describe what would be in the time capsule, identify which of the characters in the novel had buried it, and explain each item’s significance.
- Sherwood Anderson criticizes the ideology behind several social and cultural institutions in Winesburg, Ohio, focusing specifically on religion, marriage, and family. Select one of these institutions and describe Anderson’s assessment of the concept. Include character descriptions and actions to support your interpretation.
- Compare and contrast the George Willard at the beginning of the book with the George Willard at the end of the book. Refer to specific stories and examples.
- Study the four parts of the story “Godliness.” What commentary on religion does Anderson make in the stories? How does he make his point? Cite details from the book to support your answer.
- Identify the historical references in the novel to place the story in its correct historical context.
- Throughout the story, many townspeople share their private thoughts and experiences with George Willard. Why do you think people feel that they should confide in George?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.